Donnie Lee Brown, 80, of Willow Springs, Missouri, departed this life on January 6, 2021 at Willow Care Nursing Home in Willow Springs.
He was born on May 9, 1940 near Cabool, Missouri, the son of Guy and Lois (Lovan) Brown.
In early years, Donnie helped on his parents’ dairy farm near Topaz Mill where he would milk, harvest hay and perform repairs and maintenance on the farm equipment and vehicles. Donnie graduated from Cabool High School as an excellent student and football player where he was honored as team captain. Once he graduated, he enlisted and served in the United States Air Force.
Donnie worked several years for John Matthieu’s 7UP bottling company where he ran a delivery route of primarily 7UP and RC Cola. This is probably where “Don Juan” acquired his unwavering affection for soda pop which, of course, would be accompanied by potato chips.
Another love of Donnie’s was riding his motorcycle and three-wheeled tractor around the Willow Springs community, often stopping by A&W or one of the local cafes where he would be sure to order extra pop with his meal. Of course, when driving the tractor, proper gear was required, and one would need an orange ski mask and motorcycle helmet (safety first). Those in the family that knew Don best were keenly aware that any Christmas present for Don would most certainly include either lace-up work boots, a watch, or a flannel shirt, all of which he kept a running inventory. For the past 14 years he was an active resident in Willow Care Nursing Home and was loved by all the caregivers there whom he affectionately addressed as “Hey Babe.” His favorite pastime was listening to country music on the radio and sipping on an Orange Crush.
Donnie was preceded in death by his parents, Guy T. and Lois E. (Lovan) Brown, and two younger brothers, Dale Brown of Willow Springs and Lonnie Brown of Cabool.
He is survived by one sister, Patty G. Brown White and husband Jon of Rogersville, Missouri; five nieces, Jackie Feldman and husband Richard of Cabool, Carla Davis and husband Fred of Knob Noster, Missouri, Lisa Green and husband Bill of Willow Springs, Tammy Rawlings and husband Stan of Lamar, Missouri, and April Andersen and husband Jim of Willow Springs; two nephews, Rance Brown of Cabool and Ryan White and wife Stephanie of Rogersville; eleven great-nieces and -nephews; and two sisters-in-law, Ellen Brown of Cabool and Linda Cain of Willow Springs.
Graveside services were held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 12, 2021, at Mt. Ararat Cemetery with Dennis Walton officiating. Interment was in Mt. Ararat Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool. Online condolences may be made at www.egcfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions be made to Mt. Ararat Cemetery c/o the funeral home.